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No. 23 Florida State women hold off Wake Forest

Seminoles 61, Demon Deacons 60
Florida State
Posted at 12:03 AM, Feb 24, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-24 00:03:07-05

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Valencia Myers scored 18 points, Ta’Niya Latson added 15 and No. 23 Florida State beat Wake Forest 61-60 on Thursday night.

Wake Forest guard Jewel Spear was fouled on a 3-pointer with 1:43 left in the fourth quarter and she made 2 of 3 free throws to get within 59-56. Spear was fouled going for an offensive rebound with 32.1 left and made two more free throws to cut the deficit to 61-60.

Latson dribbled down the clock before driving into the lane for a runner but it went hard off the glass and Wake Forest secured the rebound with 2.6 left. After a timeout Kaia Harrison inbounded the ball and got it back for an open 3-pointer but it hit the front of the rim as time expired.

Makayla Timpson had eight points and six rebounds before fouling out with 5:54 left in the fourth quarter for Florida State (23-7, 12-5 ACC), which closes its regular season on Sunday at Clemson.

Florida State shot just 26% from the field in the first half but still led 31-30 after going 14 of 19 from the free-throw line. Wake Forest turned it over seven times in the half and shot 34%.

Elise Williams had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Wake Forest (14-14, 5-12). Niyah Becker added a season-high 12 points and Spear finished with 11.

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